Posted by: anna | June 10, 2011

Karelian saints

 Pyhät Karjalan Valistajat – Holy Enlighteners of Karelia 
L-R: Pyhät Arseni (Konevitsalainen), Trifon (Petsamolainen), Sergei (Valamolaien), Aleksanteri (Syväriläinen), Herman (Valamolainen)
SS. Arseny of Konevits, Trifon of Petsamo (Pechenga), Sergei of Valamo (Valaam), Alexander of Syväri (Svir), Herman of Valamo
Pyhän Kolminaisuuden ilmestyy Aleksanteri Syväriläiselle –
the Holy Trinity appears to Alexander of Syväri (Svir)
The two photos of icons above are taken by me from an exhibition of icons (student work, I think) at the new Orthodox Cultural Centre in Joensuu. Orthodox Cultural Centre? Wow! In the basement are two lovely exhibitions: watercolour sketches of all the Orthodox churches in Finland and icons arranged according to the church year. Upstairs is a light, airy cafeteria-style cafe and a big free space with lots more icons, a display of historic church books, censers and other small items, and a piano. It’s next door to the seminary and St Elias’ chapel (featured in the post about the murals) is practically at its back door.

about the saints of Karelia (suomeksi – in Finnish only)

St Arseny, abbot of Konevitsa (d. 1447, feast day 12 June)
- brief Life
- OCA
- suomeksi and in English from ortodoksi.net
- more about Konevitsa

Trifon of Petsamo (d. 1583, feast day 15 December)
- wikipedia
- OCA
- suomeksi and in English from ortodoksi.net
- another icon, with St Arseny, from the Art Museum of Joensuu (no.19)

Sergei and Herman (German) of Valamo (Valaam) (feast day 28 June)
- brief summary
- Herman, OCA
- Sergei, OCA
- suomeksi and in English from ortodoksi.net
- another icon, from the Art Museum of Joensuu (no.10)

Alexander of Syväri (Svir) (d.1553, feast day 30 August)
- orthodoxwiki
- OCA
- another icon, from the Art Museum of Joensuu (no.15)
- suomeksi

St Herman of Alaska is also much venerated in Finland, often as Herman Valamolainen, as he was a monk of Valaam.

Holy fathers, enlighteners of Karelia, pray to God for us.
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